I recently came across a story http://www.tor.com/blogs... that called The Goblin Emperor a stand-alone novel, and that characterization has been bugging me. I really liked the book, but I realized that if it is in fact stand-alone, I might think it was a terrible book.
There aren't that many straight lit novels I'm interested in buying but I may well get this. The author was interviewed on KPCC today. The story is set in Fallbrook, CA. There's a lot of subtropical/tropical fruit growing there in North San Diego County. The protagonist's family farms avocados. That's kinda weird enough that I'm intrigued. :)
Books Set In... http://www.bookssetin.com/BookSea... I hadn't seen this website before. Books are searchable by location. Advanced search adds genre, title, and author. You can also do a search via map.
Now that I don't have to drive to work, I'm not listening to podcasts much. I miss the podcasts. However, 60 total minutes on the train every work day means I've already read two books in the past two weeks. Yay.